Detumbling an uncontrolled satellite with contactless force by using an eddy current brake

Fumihito Sugai, Satoko Abiko, Teppei Tsujita, Xin Jiang, Masaru Uchiyama

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    35 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    In this paper we propose a new method to detumble a malfunctioning satellite. Large space debris such as malfunctioning satellites generally rotates with nutational motion. Thus several researches have proposed the methods to use a space robot for capturing and deorbiting these debris. The most of the past studies considered the method to detumble an uncontrollable satellite and then capture a single spinning satellite. However these methods require physical contact with malfunctioning satellites, which has a risk of accident. Therefore, we propose a method with an eddy current brake [1]. The eddy current brake system can produce braking force to the target without any physical contact. Thus, we can reduce the risk of critical collision between the space robot and the target object. This paper firstly reviews dynamics of a tumbling satellite and proposes a detumbling strategy with the eddy current brake. We carry out a fundamental experiment to evaluate the performance of the braking force of the developed eddy current brake system, and then we simulate detumbling operation by using the experimental data and show an effectiveness of the proposed detumbling method.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIROS 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationNew Horizon, Conference Digest - 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
    Pages783-788
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1
    Event2013 26th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: New Horizon, IROS 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
    Duration: 2013 Nov 32013 Nov 8

    Publication series

    NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
    ISSN (Print)2153-0858
    ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

    Other

    Other2013 26th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems: New Horizon, IROS 2013
    CountryJapan
    CityTokyo
    Period13/11/313/11/8

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Software
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Computer Science Applications

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